1. The inaugural race in 1994. A packed house sees Jeff Gordon and Ernie Irvan in a memorable two-man duel. Gordon takes the lead when Irvan suffers a flat tire, and the driver who grew up in nearby Pittsboro takes a popular win.
2. Tony Stewart’s first win in 2005. He had had several strong showings at Indy – his hometown track – several times in both an IndyCar and a stock car, and finally got over the hump. He repeated in 2007.
3. The 1998 race had storylines aplenty. Dale Jarrett has – by far – the best car, but runs out of gas while leading halfway through the race. He loses four laps as a result, and gets back on the lead lap by passing the leader driver on each restart, eventually getting to the lead lap. Gordon becomes the race’s first two-time winner in a two-man duel with Mark Martin.